Rodriguez was released by the Braves on Tuesday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien reports. The lefty reliever was acquired from the Dodgers as part of the three-team July 2015 trade that brought outfielder Hector Olivera to the Braves from Los Angeles. He was not out of minor-league options, so the move to release him really speaks to what the Braves thought of his ability to help the club this season. The Braves now have three relievers --Kevin Chapman, Chaz Roe and David Hernandez -- competing for the final two spots in the bullpen.
Rodriguez appears healthy to begin the spring as he makes his way back from Tommy John surgery in September of 2015, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The Braves could use a second lefty in their bullpen behind Ian Krol, and for now Rodriguez appears to be the favorite for the job if he has no setbacks in his recovery. He hasn't pitched since the surgery and has a lot of rust to get rid of, but the 25-year-old's career 9.6 K/9 rate indicates that he can be effective as a LOOGY despite a fastball that rarely touches 90 mph.
Rodriguez was placed on the 60-day DL on Saturday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The move is just a roster formality, as Rodriguez has already been ruled out for the entire 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in late September.
Braves pitcher Paco Rodriguez (elbow) will miss the entirety of the 2016 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery recently, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Rodriguez's surgery went unannounced for a little while, but the young hurler has now been ruled out for next season already. When healthy, Rodriguez could be an option for the Braves' starting rotation, but it's unclear how long it will be before that's the case.
Relief pitcher Paco Rodriguez is not expected to join the Braves' bullpen this season, according to MLB.com.
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